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Friday Favorites is Gonna Be Me

August 9: Favorite Books that Define You Watch me rebel this week by listing the authors who have defined me. If I started listing books we’d be here all day and I don’t think we’re ready for that conversation! Consider these authors the most favorite, the ones I can quote without pausing to think, the ones who fill my shelves…the ones whose books helped shape the (admittedly slightly twisted) spaces in my soul. Robin McKinley “Roses are for love. Not silly…

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Friday Favorites is Tropetastic

July 26th is all about our favorite tropes. Oooh boy do I love recurring plot themes in literature. Old ones, overused ones, obvious ones, mixed ones, multiple mashups…I’ll take them all. Seeing a trope in the book’s blurb doesn’t turn me off, it actually makes me more likely to buy the book. This Friday I’ll celebrate all my insta-buy literary themes. Beauty and the Beast My very, very favorite of all the tropes. Something about seeing through outward appearances to the…

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Friday Favorites, You Little Rebel

July 12th favorites: Books outside your usual genre We all know I’m a romance reader. Lots and lots of smushy fluff. When I need a break from that I generally turn to my *other* source of bodily fluids, which is horror. Yes, I know that seems strange. In the midst of this chaos of conflicting reads, certain genres are neglected. Like nonfiction. I don’t often pick up that genre and it has to come highly recommended, whereas I will pick up…

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Friday Favorites goes ‘Freedoooom!’

  I couldn’t resist the Braveheart homage in the title. So sorry to hit you with bad puns on a holiday Friday. I’ll make it up to you with a fun mix of books which promote rebellion against tyranny, murderous mutiny, and much use of uprising to promote the plot. Enjoy! July 5th favorites is: Books about rebellion/freedom 1. Redwall & Mossflower, Brian Jacques Think ‘Game of Thrones’, but with cute animals like mice, rabbits, moles, squirrels, shrews, and badgers. It…

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Friday Favorites is on Fire, Everything’s on Fire

Let me surprise absolutely no one by informing you all I was a HUGE NERD in high school.  I grew up in a very small town and went to a very small school. My graduating class (2005! I’M SO OLD) had 22 people, most of whom I had known since preschool. It was like being surrounded by cousins, all the time, who know every idiotic phase you’ve ever gone through as you try to figure yourself out. Now, I lucked out…

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Friday Favorites Urban Fantasy Feels

Friday favorites is a bookworm celebration created and hosted by somethingofthebook.com. On Fridays, we make lists about books! Come join. June 7 Favorites: Urban Fantasy books Before joining #bookstagram and getting flooded with fabulous recommendations from fellow readers, I actually thought I didn’t like urban fantasy. AHAHAHAHA poor smol me. Actually, what I didn’t like was missing out on two of the biggest names in urban fantasy romance and I am so very glad Teresa, The Romance Reader and Lubnaa, Romance Library fixed this lack in my life.…

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A Rainbow of Friday Favorites

Our favorites for today (May 24) is Diverse Books. I’m taking this to mean “diverse” in the all-inclusive sense. Okay that came out as a weird sentence. What I mean is, main characters who are persons of color (NOT just side characters), books which include the LGBTQ spectrum, and ownvoices stories. There will be multiple types of plots going on this list. My Favorite Diverse YA & Fantasy: Tamora Pierce YOU THOUGHT YOU HAD ESCAPED MY TAMORA PIERCE OBSESSION, DIDN’T…

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Friday Favorites is an Enabler

May 10: Favorite Books that were recommended to you Where would I be without #bookstagram and all of the wonderful, plentiful recommendations I find there? Well, for a start, I’d be in a house with about 150 less books. Also, not buried under the weight of a TBR equivalent to most small libraries. I add about two books a week to my wishlist and my “note to self, check these out, they might be good” reminder list grows by leaps and…

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Magic and Mayhem and Friday Favorites

April 12 Favorites is: Magic Systems Wands & Wandlore, Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling I’ll go ahead and lead off with my very favorite magic system, which is wands. Current diversity criticism aside, we can’t deny that JK Rowling can worldbuild with the BEST of them. Her lore about wands is one of the better examples from the Harry Potter series and I can’t get enough of the little details. Not in a creepy Mr. Ollivander way, just an interested…

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Friday Favorites is a Smooth Criminal

April 5 Favorite is Fictional Criminals My friends: My family: Strangers on the street: SE *gets a bullhorn* *climbs up on box*: TAMORA PIERCE IS THE BEST YA FANTASY AUTHOR EVER. And you all should have read her already. I do keep trying to use other authors for this list, but Tamora just seems to happen. Want a great anti-hero? Pierce. Good solid magic system and thorough worldbuilding? Pierce. Diverse characters facing real-life problems? Pierce. The Power of Friendship™? Yep. Pierce.…

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